Thursday, January 7, 2010

Slip n' Slide

With the weather outside being frightful all over the country, my thoughts turn to toasty and snugly things. Tea with honey and lemon. Watching a movie on the couch. Soup.
Oh, and these:

I mean, I feel all warm and fuzzy just looking at them. Apparently, "a small group of indigenous people working in a remote South American village hand-knit and assemble each pair".  Am I supposed to feel good or bad about that...? Oh, they actually get fairly paid and treated humanely? Good, it is.

I would just need to figure out how to keep the slippers out of Bryndal's jaws.

An enveloping pair of slippers calls for an involving book to read (while still not braving the harsh outdoors). Here are some of my recent reads that I would recommend:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
    How did I never read this classic in high school? I dare you not to be endeared by Francie Nolan, a girl becoming a young lady in Williamsburg early in the 20th century. Every current skinny jeans, trucker hat, thick-rimmed glasses 'burg hipster should be made to read this.

    What Is the What by Dave Eggers
      No one weaves a tragic story with such moments of humor and hope as Dave Eggers. This is the true history of the Sudanese civil war told by refugee Valentino Achak Deng, now living in the United States.

      The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
        The 1893 Chicago World's Fair provides the setting for this creepy novel. It is unbelievable to read the workings of not only major change and development in America, but of a Dexter-like murderer. Based on a true story.

        When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present by Gail Collins
          Mad Men was right! I just started this must-read/must-ponder book about what it meant to be a woman in 1960-onward and how it all changed.

          1 comment :

          1. I gotta say that those Viva Terras look great! I wonder if they are terribly expensive. With the cost of airfare going down lately it might be worth it to fly down to the remote village and barter for a pair.

            I read "The Devil in the White City" a couple of years ago and thought it was well written albeit somewhat gruesome. Still the history of the Chicago World's Fair was fascinating and made a good balance to the insidious doings of the evil landlord.